Prescription drug abuse is the use of a prescription medication for non-medical reasons in a way that was not intended by the prescribing physician. This can include taking another person’s prescription medication, taking more than prescribed, or using the drug for longer than prescribed. Some people abuse prescription drugs to feel good or get high, others will use them to relieve tension and stress, and some simply want to experiment with the effects of the drug. The most commonly abused prescription medications include pain medications, CNS depressants, and stimulants. While you may have begun using a prescription medication for legitimate reasons, when the use continues and is causing negative consequences in your life it is time to seek help.
Pacific Grove Hospital is a 68-bed behavioral health treatment center that has helped countless people addicted to different substances use the 12-step recovery model for addiction to get sober and remain sober. No longer do you have to battle this addiction on your own, we are here to help.
How to Help a Loved One or Family Member Seek Treatment
If you have been watching your loved one slowly get caught in the cycle of addiction, you are likely overwhelmed with a number of emotions. You know your loved one needs help, but they may believe they don’t have a problem with prescription meds; as the drugs are authorized by the FDA, they must be safe. You may be unsure of how to approach the situation. Here are some tips for talking to your loved one about seeking inpatient treatment for prescription drug addiction:
Educate yourself: Before starting any conversation with your loved one, learn as much about addiction as you can. This way you will have a clearer understanding of what your loved one is going through and a better idea for how you can support them.
Approach them: Be gentle yet persistent when you speak to your loved one about their addiction. Tell them what you have noticed and that you are genuinely concerned about them. Additionally, make sure not to judge your loved one. Make sure that you communicate to your loved one that will support them through the whole process.
Provide treatment options: Research local rehab facilities that offer the types of treatments that best fit with your loved one’s needs. Schedule appointments for you and your loved one to tour the centers to ease any anxiety about entering a rehab program.
Why Seek Inpatient Treatment at Pacific Grove Hospital
If you’ve been abusing prescription medications for a while, you have likely begun to notice some of the negative consequences. You may have engaged in excessive spending or risky behaviors like forging prescriptions. Your health may have begun to decline as you continue to use more and more of these drugs. Additionally, your life may be crumbling around you as you lose your job, family, and friends. If this is the case, it is time to get help.
An inpatient treatment for drug addiction can be an excellent way to learn how to manage your addiction as it will provide security and safety as you slowly begin your journey toward recovery. If necessary, you will be safely and efficiently detoxed from all drugs in your system while being medically monitored for your safety. Once you are stabilized, you will be able to engage in a number of therapeutic options that will teach you the tools needed to get and stay sober. Best of all, inpatient treatment centers offer the ability to escape the stress and triggers of your home life and fully engage in the recovery process.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
Pacific Grove Hospital understands that addiction is a debilitating disease that greatly affects all areas of an addict’s life. We firmly believe that the best way to treat chemical dependency and associated mental health disorders involves caring for the whole person. This is why we work closely with each patient to create an individualized plan of care that addresses all of his or her needs. With prompt, proper care we begin to help our clients down the road to sobriety. Our addiction recovery program is based upon the 12-step model for addiction recovery. We use a combination of medical management, medication, and behavioral therapies to help our clients overcome their addiction to opiates and learn the skills needed to maintain sobriety.
Treatment Options Offered at Pacific Grove Hospital
Upon arriving at Pacific Grove, you will meet with one of our clinicians who will complete a thorough assessment that will help us determine your most appropriate level of care. We will use the results of these tests and sit down with you and your loved ones to create an individualized plan of care. Your treatment plan may include some of the following techniques:
Detox is usually the first step for those who have become chemically dependent upon substances like prescription medications. The detox process will remove all drugs in your system in a safe, effective manner. You’ll be under 24-hour observation to treat any symptoms of withdrawal and ensure your safety. While you’re in detox, you will also be fully engaged in behavioral therapies and other recovery techniques.
Medication may be used to combat some of the unpleasant side effects of withdrawal and slowly tapered down as you are better able to cope with your symptoms. Many clients require longer-term medication therapy to address the symptoms of co-occurring, comorbid mental health disorders. Medications will be closely monitored and adjusted as needed.
Individual therapy will provide you the space and time to work independently with a therapist to address some of the underlying concerns that may have led to the development of your addiction. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is very effective at teaching recovering addicts the ways in which their negative emotions and thoughts affect their behaviors. By learning to identify these emotions, you will be able to replace these negative thoughts with more positive ways of seeing the world.
Group therapy is a major component to the treatment process for those struggling with an addiction. Through groups you will be able to work closely with other people struggling with addiction so that together you can develop healthier ways of coping with stress, how to identify triggers, and relapse prevention. We offer a number of groups every day on different topics and allow you the space to process your emotions in a supportive environment.
Family therapy is very important for your continued recovery and sobriety as they are going to be your biggest support system when you are done with inpatient treatment. Family sessions will work toward mending any broken bonds and strained relationships that may have come about as a result of your drug abuse.
Pacific Grove Hospital proudly offers a number of experiential methods designed to supplement traditional therapeutic approaches. These experiential methods include:
- Recreational therapy
- Expressive therapy
Continuing Care and Levels of Care
As your time for discharge draws near, we will work closely with you and your loved ones to put in place the aftercare plan that was started when you initially came to our center. This way we can ensure that you have an appropriate aftercare plan in place before you leave our doors. Our discharge planner and therapist will work with you and your loved ones to find you appropriate housing, provide access to available community resources, and can even help you find employment. Pacific Grove Hospital is pleased to offer two continuing care options for our clients stepping down from our inpatient treatment: our partial hospitalization program (PHP) and our intensive outpatient program (IOP). Both our IOP and PHP programs offer the opportunity to continue your recovery on an outpatient basis while slowly returning back into your home life in the evenings and on weekends. Some clients have made enough progress during their stay with us that they feel ready to discharge with referrals to traditional outpatient therapy and appropriate community resources.